Engaging Cities

The Augmented City is a vision of a future urban space that is activated and, in a sense, “alive” with a digital content. With the ubiquity of high-speed connectivity, sensors and networked devices, data and the means to use it, and improved access via wearables and implants, the possibility of data overlaid onto the physical world is becoming real. In the not too distant future people will consume a large portion of their information in the physical context relevant to the data being visualized. We explore how real-time data provision can create actionable feedback loops that guide us to make informed decisions on topics like what we eat, how we travel and more. Spurred by possible futures from utopian to dystopian, what must we consider when unleashing these converging technologies, however well-intentioned, into our feverish society? What mixture of sensibilities. tools and approaches will help us leverage these new affordances to avoid a nightmarish combination of augmented cacophony and constant surveillance, and toward sustainable support for individual and social well-being?

Researchers from across USC are working with AnnLab to weaving together developments in artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things, data visualization, virtual and augmented reality, and more.

What might an Augmented City look like?

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